Throne of the Crescent Moon (Salaidn Ahmed)
29 October 2014
The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings.
Sinclair Manson (3 November 2014 21:03)
Although the setting is inspired by the medieval Middle East, rather than medieval Europe, this felt like back to basics fantasy. Each of the main characters is a type (Ghul Hunter, Dervish, Tribal Protector, Alchemist, Magus) that could be a character class from a role-playing game. They are fairly unambiguously good, while the villain is spectacularly villainous, with a memorably scary and loathsome sidekick. The main characters all have conflicts to resolve but these are painted in broad strokes. This makes the book sound very simple but I think the writing style does a good job of embracing the simplicity and making it a strength. I enjoyed this book quite a lot and for being the first book in a series, it stands very strongly on its own.
Marc Reynolds (31 October 2014 16:26)
This is a solid fantasy with an interesting setting, but it never really explores that setting in any depth. The muslim influenced fantasy wasn't as different as I expected given all the rave reviews I read before recommending it. Nevertheless, is is a well written good yarn.